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No need to feel blue in this house!
Review of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Georgetown by garymarsh86

Advantages: Brilliant insight into the lives of the rich and famous of Penang.
Disadvantages: Restricted visiting unless you are a guest.

CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION. GEORGETOWN. The Blue mansion. This mansion is known as the Blue mansion due to the indigo paint that covers the house. It was built in 1880 by a rich Chinese entrepreneur whose origins were of a much humbler background. W ... Read review

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Such an interesting read, thank you our Gary xXxXx by Deesrev
I would love the experience of staying here, although having day trippers wandering around might seem unnerving. by kevin121
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23.09.2013 11:43
A Golden Opportunity!
Review of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto by Anti_W

Advantages: Stunning building and surroundings, interesting bits on the path, cheap admission.
Disadvantages: None!

...The Golden Pavillion, known as Kinkakuji Temple in Japan, was originally built in the 14th century, although the current bu ... Read review

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A lovely review and lovely photos you've provided too :) by anonymili
Pretty. by MALU

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19.09.2013 22:13
"Doe, a deer, a female deer..."
Review of Nara by Anti_W

Advantages: Open, beautiful park and surrounding areas, deer, many temples accessible by foot.
Disadvantages: Town center is boring. No modern sights.

...to the small town of Nara might seem redundant, but it really isn’t. Historically, Nara holds great significance as Japan’s earliest capital back in the 8th century (when it was known as Heijo). ... Read review

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Great review. Sounds wonderful. by Listerbelle
Great review by claireylulu

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13.09.2013 21:53
More a library than a museum.
Review of Kyoto International Manga Museum by Anti_W

Advantages: Huge library of manga. Great place to sit and read. English-speaking, friendly staff.
Disadvantages: Few displays, little infomation for the uninitiated, relatively small.

...is rather ironic given that Kyoto is known for its historical buildings and the Manga Museum is a relatively new attraction (it was built in 2006). However my s ... Read review

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Excellent write-up :-) by GodfatherOfSoul
Great review shame it didnt do what you would expect but sounds like a great place to go for a bit of a rest from touristy things by Ailran
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08.09.2013 15:04
Top Temple in a City of Temples.
Review of Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto by Anti_W

Advantages: Huge, beautiful temple. Lovely views provided, cheap admission, plenty to see.
Disadvantages: A bit of a hike, currently undergoing a bit of construction.

...“Pure Water”), also known as Kiyomizu Temple, is a very famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Although Kiyomizudera was founded in 780 it has been knocked down and rebuilt time and time again. In 1994 it became a UNESCO World Her ... Read review

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A brilliant review. E from me.x by Violet1278
I was so templed out by Kyoto that I can't even remember whether I saw this one. Well reviewed, though. by torr

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05.09.2013 10:21
Hostel that provides a hotel service!
Review of Backpackers Hostel K's House, Kyoto by Anti_W

Advantages: Clean rooms and communal areas, English-speaking and knowledgable staff, central location in Kyoto
Disadvantages: None for me!

Since just flying to Japan was expensive in itself, I certainly did not want to splash out on luxurious accommodation for our trip, so my cousin and I looked at hostels in Tokyo and Kyoto. The key things I looked for were low price, a fairly central locat ... Read review

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Excellent review by claireylulu
great review by haybel19
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31.08.2013 16:10
The must-see shrine of Tokyo.
Review of Meiji Shrine, Tokyo by Anti_W

Advantages: Lovely gardens and forest to walk around, huge, experience Shintoism, cheap admission.
Disadvantages: So big you might forget to visit places!

...Shinto Shrines in Tokyo is Meiji Jingu. As such it seem ... Read review

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Enjoyable review. by kevin121
E :) by JEFFJEN

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27.08.2013 11:06
Going around Japan? You need this!
Review of Japan Rail Pass by Anti_W

Advantages: Excellent value on the trains especially over long distances, free seat reservations.
Disadvantages: Initially expensive, some restrictions on transport types, not suitable for short distance alone.

...concerns in terms of cost. Japan has one of the most extensive and efficient train networks in the world, but it is also one of the most expensive. Fortunately, several traveller ... Read review

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E, sounds like good advice by mumsymary
Good advice there for anyone planning to visit Japan. by ryeb

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23.08.2013 21:33
Starbucks will never understand that some places just have SOUL
Review of Mandala Coffee Shop, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala by koshkha

Advantages: A little spot of sanity in a crazy town
Disadvantages: Don't eat so much cake that you forget to go to the temple

Heaven in a cup Once in a while you find a place that seems so perfect and so totally ‘right’ that you really don’t ever want to leave. If you’re lucky it might be somewhere you can go back to again and again, but if you’re not, you might fall in lov ... Read review

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Full of much deserved enthusiasm. Lx by hiker
Excellent review x by Graygirl
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23.08.2013 11:26
A Dharamsala Dive
Review of Hotel Sahiwa, Dharamsala by koshkha

Advantages: The restaurant's OK, the location is good, the staff are quite friendly
Disadvantages: It's basically a bit of a dump.

...expectations Sometimes you know that your hotel is going to be really rubbish and there's nothing you can do about it. In India it happens quite often and you just have to accept that not everything about your holiday is ever going to be c ... Read review

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Such a good review, really interesting to read :) by purplehaze13
Excellent review x by Graygirl
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19.08.2013 23:27
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